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Telework: How To Boost Your Productivity?

We can no longer count the reasons that favor teleworking at the moment . Among them, we can cite the absence of transport to get to work, the possibility of respecting confinement or the possibility of working wherever one is.

This way of working has clear advantages, but also cruel flaws depending on each person’s context: children, the need to have a dedicated room, quality of the internet connection, etc.

The observation is as follows: Teleworking is making a place for itself in our lifestyles. It is up to us to make it more practical, more pleasant, more harmonious with our respective constraints.

This is the aim of this article: “How to hack teleworking and make it more pleasant, more productive?”

Good reading.

How To Better Telework With Children?

The presence of children in the telework place (therefore at home) is undoubtedly the most difficult element to overcome. However, there are some ways to deal with your cherubs without giving up all productivity.

Work At Dawn And In The Evening

Getting up a few hours earlier than your children (let’s cross our fingers so that it is possible!), Will allow you to secure a few precious hours of work while being fully concentrated.

Bring the alarm clock forward an hour … and a half? And take the opportunity to work a little more in the evening after they are gone to bed.

Shared And Alternate Custody

When both parents live under the same roof as the children, it is possible to set up joint custody: In the morning, dad looks after the children, in the afternoon, it is mum!

Thus, at least one of the two parents can fully devote himself to his work without being disturbed. It is up to you to adapt the duration of the bearings to your liking.

Give A Little Attention, Regularly

A frequently chosen solution is to devote yourself fully to your children for a period of time , then to work by leaving them in semi-autonomy in front of a game, film or entertainment of your choice, for another period of time. By devoting time entirely to your children, they will be less frustrated when you are (partially) unavailable afterwards.

Prepare a “healthy” piece where nothing can happen to them if you leave them unattended for 20 minutes, with background music. For the little ones, you can even try to prepare a simple toy course that can create a “discovery” effect .

Do not hesitate to take out objects that they like, even if they are not toys: wooden spoons, kitchen whisk etc… All means are good!

Can You Babysit Your Children?

If you can look after your children, at home or elsewhere, your job will be greatly simplified! Here are the options available to you then.

Isolate yourself at home: In a dedicated and closed room if possible. If your children are looked after at your home, you should (try to) explain to them that “mum” or “dad” is at work and that you are unavailable during this time. Do not hesitate to set regular breaks with them: They will wait a few hours more easily than a half day.

Go to a coworking space or rent an office. Some workspaces are always open and will welcome you with the strictest respect for sanitary conditions.

You can then rent a closed, secure and disinfected office , with certain additional services and equipment.

You can also rent a space in a common coworking space, but this could not be the best solution, due to the proximity to other people.

So think about making a derogation by your boss, or by yourself if you are independent / entrepreneur.

Among all the solutions proposed, none will be “perfect”, especially if your children are at home with you. You have to get used to the idea that it will be harder to find the same level of productivity as usual.

In our research, we found a great article that explains how to prepare your children psychologically for telework. Indeed, this situation can be confusing for them: You will be with them, but unavailable!

Open spaces & offices: The covid reshuffles the cards

Faced with a trend towards the increasing urbanization of workers and the opening of large offices, COVID is a game-changer: The cards are reshuffled and the trend is reversed. Explanations.

As the business centers in the center of the big cities grew, while the open spaces got bigger and bigger, to the point of having to use the chat rather than the voice communication (which defies the very interest of the open space: proximity), a troubling element has arrived in our lives for a year now. No one will wish him his birthday, but it has been a year since COVID has impacted the world of work. Open spaces are no longer in fashion: They are little suited to this new situation imposed by health restrictions.

Large offices and work: End of a love affair

It has now been several months since employees in the largest offices have seen each other, other than in a computer window, via a videoconferencing tool. Offices in large cities are empty and may remain so for some time to come. One thing is certain: The French are not ready to adopt teleworking as a routine. Only 8% of French people say they are ready to telework exclusively and 63% of them want to continue to come back to work at least 3 times a week.

The question arises: What future for these workplaces (often head offices) bringing together several dozen employees of a company? Well, some ideas are already emerging for the future transformation of these offices:

  • The dark-kitchens trend is skyrocketing: These kitchens intended only for take-out are on the rise. It’s like a restaurant without a dining room!
  • The development of e-commerce warehouses: The trend of online sales is exploding. And with it, the trend of selling / buying between individuals. These two sectors are in great need of expansion.

Work and large cities: Here too, the trend is changing

Faced with confinement, large cities like Paris no longer have the same appeal: culture, music, parties, urban effervescence, shops, etc. All these positive points have disappeared, where they have changed their taste. After a year locked up at home, the metropolis has changed its taste: the fact of teleworking and no longer being able to go out at night deprives city dwellers of a large part of the joys of the city.

In the end, for many there are only expensive rents, small living spaces and complicated (and crowded) transport. So here too, the French are thinking. They are supported in their thinking by the bosses: Many of them are thinking of reducing the size of their offices and setting them up in small towns. This movement has a name: the emergence of Zoom Towns.

Fashion is already launched in the United States, many small towns next to large metropolises see their population increase: People move to the suburbs and change their living environment. On the outskirts of large cities, there are smaller urban areas, or even rural areas: Located 10 or 20 kilometers from a large city or close to a cool and natural place (forest, lake, mountain etc…).

The living environment becomes all the more appreciable in view of the context. It’s a real revenge for small towns across the Atlantic: Rents in expensive cities like San Francisco or New York have fallen by 15-30%, while more rural areas around these cities have fallen. increased 11.3%. People are therefore opting for smaller, more local offices and it is mainly the business centers on the outskirts of the city that are doing well.